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The Mindoro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) launches the Mindoro Outstanding Ventures (MOVE) program, a search for youth entrepreneurs and enterprises from Mindoro.

This MCCI program will focus on early stage investment and provide a seed fund for and mentorship to a unique, innovative and sustainable business that finds its roots in Mindoro Island

With the vision of helping develop an innovative, thriving and sustainable environment of enterprise and business in Mindoro province and for Mindoreños, the program provides young entrepreneurs a chance to realize their enterprise dreams.

Being the seventh largest island of the Philippines with a substantial land area for produce, Mindoro is well known for its thriving agricultural industries. This is a good complement to its strategic location on the southwestern coast of Luzon, making it a teeming bridgeway of sorts between Luzon and the Visayas.

Mindoro ventures, dreams realized
The MCCI, however, sees that Mindoro teems with so much potential — beyond agriculture, beyond the usual. Through the MOVE program, it seeks to harness innovative local talent and give potential business ideas the resources to scale. MOVE is a funding and mentorship program that will discover local businesses and give them the tools to level up and reach their maximum economic potential.

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This MCCI program will focus on early stage investment and provide a seed fund for and mentorship to a unique, innovative, and sustainable business that finds its roots in Mindoro Island. For this program, the MCCI will select a promising micro venture and will lead investment rounds to get it off the ground, taking a board seat to mentor it to growth and success.

A chance to get seed funding
For this program, the MCCI is seeking to invest in promising, innovative, profitable and sustainable business ventures across any of these market sectors: Information technology, agri-tech, manufacturing, hospitality, hotel and restaurant, supply chain and logistics, health, wellness and pharma, environment, green tech and sustainability, social development and arts and culture.

Being the seventh largest island of the Philippines with a substantial land area for produce, Mindoro is well known for its thriving agricultural industries.

In order to support the economy of Mindoro, the MCCI-funded programs will require that the awarded ventures be headquartered in Mindoro, which includes Mindoro Oriental (Baco, Bansud, Bongabon, Bulalacao, Calapan, Gloria, Mansalay, Naujan, Pinamalayan, Pola, Puerto Galera, Roxas, San Teodoro, Socorro and Victoria) and Mindoro Occidental (Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Palauan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose, Sta. Cruz and Tilik).

The MOVE program search is open to Filipino Mindoreño students or young professionals (or with Mindoreño roots) ages 18 to 35 or students enrolled (or have studied) in a Mindoro-based school or university. After a series of pitch and screening session, the MCCI will select an outstanding venture that will receive a seed investment of P1 million to jumpstart the business venture. The search runs from 10 September to 30 March 2019.

Entries may be submitted from 1 October 2018 to 15 January 2019. Submit filled-up form found in www.mcci.com.ph to MCCI office at Plaza Building, Paras Street, Ibaba East, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Interested parties may fill up the online form found at www.mcci.com.ph and email it to move@mcci.com.ph.

For more information, log on to www.mcci.com.ph or email inquiries at pcr@mcci.com.ph.

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